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Ocean Adventures Offers New Place to Dive Into In Duquesne Video included

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A ribbon cutting is held for the Ocean Adventures indoor playground. The facility features several slides, mazes and obstacle courses, all surrounded by a pit filled with 80,000 balls. While the playground is geared toward children of walking age up to 12, all ages are invited to play, including adults. Admission is $5 Tuesday through Thursday and $6 on the weekend.  The owner says that an indoor park is a good idea for this area. "We felt like we wanted to ha... More>>

Police Release More Information Regarding Pittsburg Shooting

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The Pittsburg Police Department is searching for a suspect in a weekend shooting. Police say Eric James Cravey is wanted in the Saturday shooting that injured Vanessa Rae McWhirt-Martin of Chetopa, KS. Authorities say McWhirt was a passenger in a black "Dodge Nitro" driven by Cravey. They say witnesses say she got out of the SUV during an argument with Cravey and was shot with a handgun.  McWhirt was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery. At last repo... More>>

Joplin Man Found "Incompetent" to Stand Trial in Church Van Shooting Case

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Thomas Mourning, a Joplin man charged with the shooting of a church van that resulted in the injuries of four people and two comfort dogs in 2016, is found "incompetent" to stand trial, after the court reviews a report from the Department of Mental Health. The report finds Mourning "incompetent to proceed at this time." Jasper County Circuit Judge, Gayle Crane, also found Mourning "incompetent" to stand trial in September after a Forensic Evaluation da... More>>

Railroad Repairs Means Street Closures in Joplin

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Joplin drivers may need to plan ahead with streets being closed between Murphy Boulevard and Grand Avenue for repairs to the railroad crossing. Detours will be in place. Drivers are encouraged to use extreme caution while in the area. Businesses in the area will be accessible during the construction period. The railroad repair work is part of a cost-sharing agreement with Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCS). KCS will be installing concrete panels at the railroad crossing. Cr... More>>

Carthage Man Honors Veterans, Police, Fire and EMS Video included

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Before 77-year-old Larry Glaze lost his wife to brain cancer, the couple decided to create a bucket list, not of places to go, but of things to do, like building these tree houses, and giving back to the people who take care of others. "Just the recognition that we're trying to give our first responders, people that care about people. We don't care if they're Republican or Democrat. They're patriots and they believe in the United States. They'll raise for the flag and sta... More>>

Pittsburg Police Identify Shooting Victim Video included

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Police identified the victim in a  shooting Saturday afternoon in Pittsburg  as 37 year old Vanessa Rae McWhirt-Martin of Chetopa, Kansas. 

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Woman Shot in Pittsburg: Suspect at Large

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Pittsburg police ask for help in locating a shooting suspect. 

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Unique Garage Sale Puts Kids in the Driver's Seat Video included

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A garage sale in Joplin is being used as a teaching tool for kids.  Memorial Hall was the place for the second annual "kids garage sale." Local kids had the chance to run their own booth.. and sell their old toys, games, action figures, and clothes.  Many kids say it's a lot of fun being in charge of their own sales.. and that they learn a lot about money and how to be more outgoing.  Alice Carpenter, 12 years old: "I think it's neat just because... More>>

Joplin Surplus Auction draws Big Crowd Video included

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Confiscated and outdated items go on the auction block for the city of Joplin. The city of Joplin held its annual surplus auction. More than seventy bikes..almost thirty laptop computers.. and anything from fire fighting to street equipment could be bought for bargain prices.   Dump trucks and other heavy equipment were available for purchase as well. For many buyers, it was their first auction.. but others, like Troy Lear, were looking for more specific treasures. ... More>>

Sarcoxie's Jeremy Lawyer Wins FLW Tour Event on Lake of the Ozarks

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For Lawyer, it's his first win on Lake of the Ozarks after 10 prior top-10 finishes. 

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Former Pittsburg High RB Alex Barnes Goes Off for 4 TD vs. Oklahoma State

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The former Purple Dragon has now ran for 431 yards and 7 touchdowns the last two weeks. On the season, Barnes has 788 rushing yards for the Wildcats and 9 touchdowns.

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Meet PSU's Sustainability Star Video included

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Dr. James Triplett is a retired PSU professor and aquatic scientist, but that doesn't mean he's a stranger around campus.

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Club In Webb City Aims At Engaging Seniors

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    With the temperatures cooling down, many of us are starting to get our heaters and fire places going.      For Austin Simpson, serving his community is something he thought of at a young age and 3 years ago, when he was 18, he founded the "Gold and Silver Seniors Club" in Webb City.     It's mission - to get those over fifty out and active.

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Neosho County, KS Flooding Video included

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Flooding in Neosho County, Kansas has caused disaster declarations at both the state and county levels.. as the Neosho River rises to a near record breaking level.  Flash flooding in Neosho County earlier this week caused the Neosho river to quickly rise above its banks -- cresting at over 36 feet. Me Melanie Kent-Culp, Neosho County KS Emergency Manager:"It was in the major stage, the third highest that that river in Erie has had." That's just four feet lower t... More>>

Citizens Gear Up for Joplin City Sale Video included

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Area residents had the opportunity to preview Joplin's 5th Annual City Auction. Items for sale range from scrap metal and computers to jewelry and vehicles. The items come from various city departments, and all of the money raised will go back to the departments that sell their items during the auction. The sale will take place tomorrow at the Public Works Center on West 2nd Street in Joplin at 9 a.m. on October 13th. More>>

"Decades of Wheels" Museum Hosts Grand Opening Video included

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A large crowd huddles together for the ribbon cutting of the "Decades of Wheels" museum. A rotation of 30 unique vehicles, including cars and motorcycles, will pass through the museum each month. Some of the vehicles currently on display you may recognize from famous films. The museum is just one part of a bigger vision for their project, explains an event official. "We have a full service restaurant, breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have a night little ... More>>

#1 Lamar to Host Rivalry Game vs. Nevada Video included

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Top-ranked Lamar will try to stay undefeated Friday night, hosting the "Silver Tiger" game against Nevada. 

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Calderon Scores 5X, Pittsburg Wins 5th Straight Video included

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Randi Calderon scored 5 goals for Pittsburg against Columbus, all of them coming in the first half. 

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Economic Security Corporation Scaling back Bungalow Project after Financial Problem Video included

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A future veteran and senior housing project in Joplin is having to re-evaluate plans. After learning it will cost more to complete the project than anticipated.. The Economic Security Corporation is considering scaling the project back.  For the last two and a half years, The Economic Security Corporation has been pursing a project for senior, veteran and disabled housing in Joplin.  John Joines, Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area CEO:"At the time that w... More>>

Concurrent Enrollment Numbers Jump at MSSU

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MSSU doubled its concurrent enrollment in the past six years and saw a thirty percent increase in students taking dual credit and online courses while in high school this year. 

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Third Judge Recuses Self in Carl Junction Child Murder Case

Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018 Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018
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There have now been five judges in a 2017 child murder case in southwest Missouri. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. Jasper County Associate Court Judge Joseph Hensley presided over the first court arraignment in December of 2017. Once the case was bound over for trial, Judge Dean Dankelson became the presiding judge....

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Independence Homicide Investigation

Victim's Name Released, Independence Homicide Investigation

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The Independence Police Department is investigating a homicide.  According to the media release on Thursday, 10-11-18, around 2:20a.m., IPD were called to the southeast part of town for reports of shots fired. Officers found a victim who appeared to be killed by a single gun-shot wound. Authorities are not releasing further details about the crime.  Identification of the victim is withheld until notification of the family.  Anyone that may have information regar...

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Skimmer "Epidemic" In Northeast Oklahoma

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    Some residents in Northeast Oklahoma are finding unexpected charges on their bank statements officials say, it's all because of card skimmers placed at local ATM's.

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Nevada Preps for "Silver Tiger" Game at #1 Lamar Video included

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Nevada will try to hand Lamar its first loss since 2014 when the two teams renew their rivalry Friday night. 

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State Question 801 in Oklahoma Worries Fairland, OK Superintendent Video included

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State question 801 would change Oklahoma law to allow ad valorem or property based tax dollars to be used not just for buildings but overall operations deemed necessary by a school district.   

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Drone Academy helps Students Learn Skills in Chanute Video included

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Chanute High School is offering a program where.. for some students.. the sky's the limit.  Riley Kappler is a junior at Chanute High School, and wants to be an engineer once he graduates from college.  Riley Kappler, High School Student:"I don't want to just work on planes, and I don't just want to work on cars like everyone else who just settles for something." Kappler knows he will need an understanding of things like planes to achieve that goal. T... More>>

Kansas Governor Issues State of Disaster Emergency Video included

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Governor Jeff Colyer issues a State of Disaster Emergency declaration for the state in response to the heavy rains that have caused localized flooding and flash floods in a number of counties. "With such excessive rainfall, we realize that many may have need of recovery assistance. This declaration will help with that effort," said Colyer. "At the same time, I encourage Kansans to reach out to your neighbors and those in your community who may have had difficulty wea...

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Hensley Gets Life in Prison for Southwest Missouri Murder

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A Newton County, Missouri judge sentences an Aurora man for a 2016 murder. Shannon Hensley was convicted of killing 82-year-old Nolan Karch in Lawrence County, Missouri. Authorities say the murder happened around December 28th, 2016, although Karch's body wasn't found until January 2nd, 2017. Detectives were told that Hensley and another person were dropped off at Karch's home outside Aurora to rob it. Hensley allegedly came out saying he got into a fight with Karch and shot him...

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NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW 10-10

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JOPLIN STORM DAMAGE A line of storms that flipped cars in Midwest City Oklahoma did some damage in the four-states yesterday. The owner of this home on Central City Road in Joplin says the storm sent his garage into his yard. It caused some roof damage and also uprooted a large tree. No one was injured. JAIL POLICY VIOLATION A former Ottawa County Oklahoma jail inmate claims jail policy wasn't followed after he was attacked in jail. On September 19, Donald Herr... More>>

Pittsburg Commisioners Move Ahead with Power Plan, Schlanger Park Splash Pad

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Pittsburg, KS city commissioners today voted to move forward with a plan to tear up the wading pool at Schlanger Park. The pool will be replaced with a splash pad that will cost a total of $320,000, $80,000 will come from the "Everybody Plays" fund. The additional $225,000 will need to come from the state, and the city has plans to request it from the Kansas Department of Commerce. In other business, the city approved a study to determine whether to implement a city el... More>>

Former Inmate Alleges Procedures Weren't Followed after Jail Fight Video included

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A former inmate of the Ottawa County Jail is alleging proper procedures weren't followed after he was attacked in the jail.  Donald Herring was an inmate at the Ottawa County Jail when he was attacked on September 19th.  Donald Herring, Former Ottawa County Jail Inmate:"I went to go outside in the rec area and walk around, and I got jumped by two people." After that, Herring says he went into one of the jail pods where a third person jumped him. ... More>>

Checking in on Local Telemedicine

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About a year ago, Psoriasis was ruining Lorrie Manasseh's life. But thanks to a specialist located more than a 1000 miles away in Virginia, Lorrie's skin has dramatically improved.

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Some 4-Staters See Storm Damage Video included

Storm damage in Joplin, MO (Oct. 9, 2018) Storm damage in Joplin, MO (Oct. 9, 2018)
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A line of storms that started in Oklahoma, leaving a trail of overturned cars in Midwest City, makes an impact in the 4-States. A Joplin resident that lives near Central City Road says his garage was blown into his yard. There's also roof damage on the home and an uprooted tree in the area. No injuries have been reported from the storms in the 4-States. More>>

Mixed Reaction in Miami to Suggestion of Post Labor Day Start

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Oklahoma lawmakers are exploring the idea of mandating a later start to school to cut energy costs. But while district administrators and teachers oppose the idea, some citizens like it.  

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Pittsburg Armed Robbery Update: One Suspect Arrested, 2 At Large

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A 17-year-old male is arrested in connection to a Pittsburg, Kansas armed robbery.. On Monday, October 8th, 2018, authorities were called to an apartment at 206 West Hudson Street about an armed robbery. They found two occupants who claimed three males entered the apartment and said they were there to see one of the roommates. The two occupants allegedly told the suspects they didn't know who they were and they needed to leave. Police say they were told one of the three males th...

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Another Judge Steps Away from Carl Junction Murder Case

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Two judges have now recused themselves from a Carl Junction, Missouri murder case. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. On October 2nd, 2018, Jasper County Circuit Court Judge David Mouton recused himself from the case. Court Administrator Erik Theis told KOAM/FOX14 that Judge Mouton had nothing further to say other t... More>>

Lost Family Ancestry Video included

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    Imagine learning you have a long-lost sibling, and then you find out, you both, have another long lost sibling.     That's the case for one Webb City woman, and her brother, or, now, "brothers", in Rochester, New York. Darlene Sarley's family frequently comes to her home in Webb City. They enjoy each others company and soon, they could be enjoying more company. Sarley found one brother a few years back... Darlene Sarley, Sister: "For ye...

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123 Missing Children Found in Michigan During 1-Day Operation

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The U.S. Marshals Office says a new Child Recovery Unit found 123 children during a one-day operation. Detroit, MI – The U.S. Marshals Service - Detroit Missing Child Recovery Unit, U.S. Marshals Service Sex Offender Investigations Branch, Michigan State Police and law enforcement officers from Wayne County agencies participated in Operation MISafeKid, a missing juvenile sweep to identify and recover missing children from the area with an emphasis on locating victims of sex t...

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Motorcycle Crash Claims Life of Southwest Missouri Man

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Authorities say a Monett, Missouri man has lost his life after a fatal motorcycle crash in Lawrence County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the single-vehicle crash happened on October 8th, 2018 around 2:00 p.m. on I-44 at mile marker 45.2, near Mt. Vernon. Troopers say 57-year-old Danny Gibbons was driving westbound when he lost control and drove off the south side of the road hitting the median cable. Gibbons died at the scene. More>>

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Missouri man dies in crash near Carthage

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The Missouri Highway Patrol investigates a single vehicle fatality crash in Jasper County, Missouri. It happened around 4:30 Monday afternoon (October 8, 2018). Troopers say 78-year old Alford Taylor from Jasper, Missouri drove off the roadway and hit a fence about three and a half miles east of Carthage on Route E. Taylor was not wearing his seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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  • Pittsburg Police Identify Shooting Victim

    Sunday, October 14 2018 2:43 PM EDT2018-10-14 18:43:35 GMT

    Police identified the victim in a  shooting Saturday afternoon in Pittsburg  as 37 year old Vanessa Rae McWhirt-Martin of Chetopa, Kansas. 

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    Police identified the victim in a  shooting Saturday afternoon in Pittsburg  as 37 year old Vanessa Rae McWhirt-Martin of Chetopa, Kansas. 

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  • Joplin Man Found "Incompetent" to Stand Trial in Church Van Shooting Case

    Joplin Man Found "Incompetent" to Stand Trial in Church Van Shooting Case

    Monday, October 15 2018 2:31 PM EDT2018-10-15 18:31:31 GMT
    Thomas Mourning, a Joplin man charged with the shooting of a church van that resulted in the injuries of four people and two comfort dogs in 2016, is found "incompetent" to stand trial, after the court reviews a report from the Department of Mental Health. The report finds Mourning "incompetent to proceed at this time." Jasper County Circuit Judge, Gayle Crane, also found Mourning "incompetent" to stand trial in September after a Forensic Evaluation da...More >>
    Thomas Mourning, a Joplin man charged with the shooting of a church van that resulted in the injuries of four people and two comfort dogs in 2016, is found "incompetent" to stand trial, after the court reviews a report from the Department of Mental Health. The report finds Mourning "incompetent to proceed at this time." Jasper County Circuit Judge, Gayle Crane, also found Mourning "incompetent" to stand trial in September after a Forensic Evaluation da...More >>
  • Woman Shot in Pittsburg: Suspect at Large

    Woman Shot in Pittsburg: Suspect at Large

    Saturday, October 13 2018 10:26 PM EDT2018-10-14 02:26:13 GMT

    Pittsburg police ask for help in locating a shooting suspect. 

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    Pittsburg police ask for help in locating a shooting suspect. 

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